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The Immersive Storytelling Symposium

(Registration for this event is required)


The New School, University Center (63 Fifth Avenue)

Sunday, Feb. 5th, 2017

Please join Parsons School of Design at The New School for a one-day symposium about the explosion of affordable virtual and augmented reality technologies. The event will take a critical look at the impact of new mass media technologies such as the Gear VR/Oculus Rift, Google Daydream/Cardboard, HTC Vive, MS Hololens and their “immersive” effects on theater, games, news, and entertainment. 

Are these technologies as disruptive as the mobile phone? Are they accessible to all voices of the social spectrum? How are these media affecting the form of stories as they shift from passive to the self-directed exploration? Claims about the medium’s empathic effects abound but are they inciting viewers to action? How can we use these media to transform the learning experience in educational settings, in particular in art and humanities classes? 

Presented by the Schools of Art, Media and TechnologyDesign Strategies, and Fashion.

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Symposium Program:

Tishman Auditorium Ground Floor         


Coffee (basement Event Cafe) : 8:30 am to 9:15 am



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Opening Remarks by Anezka Sebek: 9:15 am to 9:30 am


Panel 1: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Subjective/Objective: Versions of Reality

360 surround cinema and news, entertainment and advertising


Vladan Nikolic (Associate Professor of Media Studies)


Justin Hendrix (Executive Director, NYC MediaLab)

Livio Sanchez (Cause & Affect Media)

Colleen Macklin (AMT Associate Professor of Media Design)

Sultan Barodawala (You Visit)

Kailu Guan (AR Fashion Artist/Designer)


Panel 2 : 10:30 am to 11:30 pm

Beyond the Classroom: How do we teach VR?

VR/AR/MR in an arts and humanities design school and university


Jessica Irish (Assistant Professor of Design and Technology)


Anezka Sebek/Tammy Walters (AMT Collab: Making VR Pi)

Robert Yang (AMT Adjunct Faculty Building Worlds)

Kyle (Kan Yang) Li (AMT – Recursive Reality, Numerous Industry Collaborations)

Melanie Crean (AMT Assistant Professor of Media Design-Documentary and VR)

Greg Climer (Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design)


Light Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm


Panel 3: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Exploration Narrative: Agency and VR experience

VR/AR/MR effects on experience in theater, advertising and games


Nicholas Fortugno (Adjunct Professor Game Design and CCO Playmatics)


Ethan Silverman (AMT – Theater and Technology)

John Sharp (AMT Associate Professor of Games and Learning)

Debra Anderson (AMT Adjunct Faculty Digital Dev: WebVR and Co-founder Datavized)

Lance Weiler Director (Columbia University, Digital Storytelling Lab)

Jake Lee-High (Future Colossal)


Keynote Speaker : 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Jessica Brillhart, Principal Filmmaker Google VR, will be interviewed by Tim Marshall, our Provost.



University Center Lower Level – Starr Foundation Room L102

12:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Virtual Reality Demos/theatrical experiences by faculty, alumni, and students of The New School as well as industry.



University Center Lower Level – Starr Foundation Room L104-L105


Cinematic experiences by students of The New School as well as industry.




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